It’s time for another set of emergent readers to add to my growing collection! With December approaching, I decided to give them a Christmas theme. Enjoy these free Christmas emergent readers – and I’d love it if you’d share the link to this post!
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I’m creating my emergent readers for kids who:
- are just starting to learn to read
- understand basic concepts of print (hold the book correctly, read left to right)
- can match voice to print (can point to a word as they read it)
- know the alphabet and most, if not all, letter sounds
- have a beginning and growing knowledge of phonics
- after some practice can remember basic sight words
- want to read on their own but can’t find very many books they can handle at the library
How can you use these readers?
- I recommend using them as part of This Reading Mama’s Reading the Alphabet, a beginning reading curriculum designed for preschoolers. You can get each piece of the curriculum FREE. You can also pay $10 so that it’s all on your computer and very quick to access. I’ve got to say that I love having it all at my fingertips! To learn more about Reading the Alphabet, see my detailed review.
- If you’re not using Reading the Alphabet but are starting from scratch with your new reader, I would go back to the very beginning and start with my first set of readers. They build on each other so that each set adds a new sight word and grows in complexity. How soon should you move on to the next set? As soon as you feel your child is comfortable and ready.
- Use the readers as part of a balanced approach to literacy. Don’t neglect phonics — but please make it fun! I have a growing collection of free phonics printables — such as Word Family Houses, Read ‘n Stick mats, and more. Check out my free printables page to find them – or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re having trouble locating what you want.
This is a recent phonics printable that I created for my Three – who isn’t ready for sounding out words but is getting much better at his letter sounds. You can see my first set of beginning sound match mats here.
- If you have another approach to teaching your child to read, and just need additional reading material, my emergent reader collection works for that too.
- For tips on how to help your child read these little books, see my guest post over at Teach Mama: Tips and Tricks for Teaching Emergent Readers.
Why are these readers free?
- Because I love to make them, and I love to share them. I’m trying to fill what I see as a void: affordable emergent readers for parents and classroom teachers. As a teacher I despaired when the catalogs sold tiny emergent readers for $4 a piece. I needed at least 50-100 if I was going to teach with them. It just wasn’t in the budget. I hope that by offering these for free I’m helping students, teachers, and schools.
Because I want my readers to be usable by everyone, including public school teachers, they are generally secular in content. But since we are a Christian family, and I am teaching my boys to read using these readers, I include a Christian little book from time to time. “Jesus is Born!” is the Biblical reader in this set.
Here’s a sample page from “A Yummy Christmas.”
In the download you will receive
- Jesus is Born!
- My Christmas Tree
- A Yummy Christmas
- Merry Christmas!
Get your free books HERE.
How to assemble:
(for a video tutorial, see this page)
- Cut across the horizontal center of each page.
- Insert one set of pages into the other, paying attention to the page numbers.
- Staple with a long-armed stapler.
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